Iraq’s Sadr dissolves ‘blue caps’ unit accused of deadly attacks on protesters

Moqtada al-Sadr addresses his supporters at the grand mosque of Kufa on September 21, 2018. (AFP)

Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr announced on Tuesday he was dissolving the “blue caps,” an organized unit of his supporters accused of deadly attacks on anti-government protests in recent days.

“I announce the dissolution of the ‘blue caps,’ and I do not accept the (Sadrist) movement’s presence in and of itself at the protests, unless it is absorbed into them,” Sadr said in a tweet.

Over the last ten days, men wearing blue caps have raided protest camps in Baghdad and the Shia-majority south, with eight protesters killed in the ensuing violence.

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